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2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor

09/30/2003

Shahed Hussain

Mitsubishi has been late to enter the car-based SUV segment. The new Endeavor eliminates that gap in Mitsubishi's product lineup. A combination of distinctive styling and a torquey engine should help the Endeavor stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Engine

* The 3.8L V-6 has plentiful torque at low & mid-RPM

* Acceleration at highway speeds is unimpressive, due to emphasis on low & midrange torque.

* Engine noise is subdued at highway speeds.

* V-6 is very smooth and vibration free.

Transmission

* 4-speed automatic has wide ratios. A 5-speed automatic would improve engine response.

* Smooth shifts at full throttle and during normal driving

* Sequential manual shifting available via secondary floor mounted shift gate

Interior

* Silver painted trim dominates the center HVAC and audio system console. The effect resembles a garish boombox.

* Blue HVAC/audio console illumination is a nice touch.

* Integrated dash console LCD panel shows compass directions, temperature, and audio information.

* Overall effect of dark dash and contrasting silver trim gives the Endeavor interior an industrial look.

* Front leather seats are comfortable, but lack lateral support.

* Rear seats are comfortable, and offer acceptable legroom

* No 3rd row seats.

Exterior

* Distinctive front fascia ensures that the Endeavor won't resemble other SUVs.

* Profile resembles Jeep Grand Cherokee

* Roof rack adds extra cargo capacity.

* No locking fuel filler door.

Ride & Handling

* All-independent suspension minimizes typical SUV 'head-toss' over bumps.

* Suspension tuning is relatively soft, which provides a comfortable ride, but has a negative effect on handling.

* High ground clearance does not encourage aggressive cornering. The Endeavor suspension is best suited for relaxed driving.

Pros

* Aggressive, unique styling

* Smooth ride

* Torquey engine

Cons

* Garish dashboard trim

* Ponderous handling

* Needs 5-speed automatic transmission

The Endeavor is a credible first effort from Mitsubishi in the car-based SUV segment. The Endeavor stands out with its distinctive styling and smooth ride. However, a 5-speed automatic transmission would make the Endeavor more competitive in this segment.

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2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor Instrumentation
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